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Lilt is building a machine translation business with humans at the core TechCrunch

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Feb 11, 2019 3:04 PM 2+ mon ago

Lilt is building a machine translation business with humans at the core

By combining the expertise of human translators with the speed and versatility of automated ones, you get the best of both worlds -- and potentially a major business opportunity.

The problem with machine translation, when you really get down to it, is that it's bad. Sure, it won't mistake "tomato" for "potato," but it can't be trusted to do anything beyond accurately translate the literal meaning of a series of words. In many cases that's all you need -- for instance, on a menu -- but for a huge amount of content it simply isn't good enough.

This is much more than a convenience problem; for many, language provides serious professional and personal barriers.

"Information on a huge number of topics is only available in English," said Lilt co-founder and CEO Spence Green; he encountered this while doing graduate work ...

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